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Crystal City Pilgrimage, October 31 to November 3, 2019 (film)

Video documentary of the 2019 Crystal City Pilgrimage that includes interviews with former internee attendees, highlights of speeches and performances at the various events, and footage of visits to the site of the camp and to Crystal City High School. Speakers and interviewees describe the circumstance of the World War II internment and the parallels with immigrant detention policies of the present and urge solidarity with those seeking to end those policies. There is no narrator.

Filmmaker Alan Kondo had been on the staff of Visual Communications (VC) in the 1970s before becoming a financial planner. Upon his retirement in 2019, he began making films again. He told former VC colleague Eddie Wong that he liked the Crystal City story, "because it links the past incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II with the current incarceration of Latino immigrants and shows solidarity between the Japanese American community and the Latino community." [1]

Authored by Brian Niiya

Might also like The Crystal City (2018); Pilgrimage (2006); Then Becoming Now (2019)

Footnotes

  1. "Alan Kondo," New Day Films, https://www.newday.com/filmmaker/296 ; Eddie Wong, "Activist Documentarian Alan Kondo: Fort Sill Protest Video," Eastwind: Politics & Culture of Asian America , https://eastwindezine.com/activist-documentarian-alan-kondo-fort-sill-protest-video/ , both accessed on Mar. 15, 2021.
Media Details
Release Date 2019
Runtime 16 minutes
Producer Alan Kondo
Starring Karissa Tom, Hiroshi Shimizu, Kazumu Julio Cesar Naganuma, Saburu Fukuda, Libia Yamamoto, Stanley Shikuma, Frank Moreno, Jr., Joe Luna, Duncan Ryuken Williams, Arturo Gonzales, Julian Saporiti, Victor Bonilla, Jorge Cerna, Victor Uno, Edward Churchill, Maria Victoria, Jessica Oswa